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Old 05-04-2010, 11:07 PM
 
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Default hydrogen peroxide on surgical wound

My husband had a knee replacement 3 weeks ago and the wound is
draining/bleeding from one area.

The surgeon told him today to rinse it with peroxide 3 times a day.

I thought I had read that peroxide harms the healthy cells
and that it isn't recommended for cleaning wounds anymore.

If this doesn't heal the surgeon may have to reopen the incision
next week.
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Old 05-04-2010, 11:14 PM
 
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I would say do it... ex...

I had a slash on my hand and poured HP on it, and it fizzes, which means its killing infection...

After the infection starts to die out, the cells rebuild faster... and will slowly close the wound...

Or thats my take on it, but I'm not a doctor...

But I did stay at a holiday inn last night.


Best of luck, Hope for a healthy recovery
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Old 05-05-2010, 08:21 AM
 
Location: SoCal - Sherman Oaks & Woodland Hills
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My husband had a knee replacement 3 weeks ago and the wound is
draining/bleeding from one area.

The surgeon told him today to rinse it with peroxide 3 times a day.

I thought I had read that peroxide harms the healthy cells
and that it isn't recommended for cleaning wounds anymore.

If this doesn't heal the surgeon may have to reopen the incision
next week.
Yeah, I think you are doing the right thing by not being so sure about taking the ortho surgeons advice about this and seeking out the expertise of strangers on the internet.
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Old 05-05-2010, 11:52 AM
 
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Yeah, I think you are doing the right thing by not being so sure about taking the ortho surgeons advice about this and seeking out the expertise of strangers on the internet.
Actually it was a medical study I read and also the
general doctor today said peroxide is not the best wound
cleaner because it irritates the wound...

Sometimes medical professsionals are on forums also so
out of curiosity I wanted input...

Also 20 years of parenting has taught me that doctors are not always right.
Checking things out when my "gut" tells me too possibly saved my son's life a few years ago.
People on Forums often provide credible sources that can be trusted...

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Old 05-06-2010, 07:15 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C.
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Isopropyl alcohol works fine and doesn't cause more trauma to the wound. Is there a rubber band or Penrose tube facilitating drainage?
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Old 05-06-2010, 07:23 PM
 
Location: in the sticks, SE Indiana
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As a former RN, I know you are right. But some doctors hold on to their old ways...................
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Old 05-06-2010, 08:54 PM
 
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Yesterday we started washing it with a warm soapy solution
(recommended by our general doctor) and used a small butterfly bandage .

Thankfully..the wound stopped draining last night .
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Old 05-06-2010, 09:29 PM
 
Location: Hawaii
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Hold it!

Thank goodness you got advice and it has stopped draining.

Never poor hydrogen peroxide directly on a wound such as that but mix it half and half with sterile water if recommended again (for future reference) dabb with gauze.

You got to keep it dry (teflon is great stuff too).
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